Laid-off… interim employment and qualification?

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  • #66556

    Need advice!

    I’m going on my 2nd week of being laid off because of the ‘rona and I’m freaking out!!!!

    My qualification appointment is in 2 weeks. I’d completed all all my action plan steps, saved my MRF, everything was looking peachy and BAM I’m hit with being laid off. I’m job searching like crazy, y’all. I think I even applied to be a pediatrician and I’m not a doctor, hell I applied to be a teacher and I hate kids… no but seriously, I’m desperate. I don’t want to be set back a year because of an employment gap. I was considering even applying down at the local grocery stores because they are hiring. Do I want to work in a grocery store where I’ll make less $ then what unemployment will pay? Absolutely not. But hell, if it will keep me in the running to be qualified I’ll do it.

    My question is: Should I temporarily take a grocery job just to be “employed” until I can actually get a job in my career field? By NACA standards would this look better than holding out for a decent paying job and collecting unemployment?

    #66558
    Nelsont
    Member

    Yes

    #66571
    TTrumble
    Member

    Hello TattedQueen87,

    I’m sorry that you are one of the millions who have suddenly found themselves out of work as a result of this whole pandemic mess! Let’s all hope this passes quickly and we can all get back to some sort of normal life very soon.

    You have a bit of a tough decision to make, and you are the only one who can make it. I understand not wanting a 30 day gap in employment that would set you back for 12 months in the NACA process. However, you need to look at the immediate economics of the situation as well. Would that grocery job allow you to pay all the bills? Don’t forget a past due bill will also set you back. If you took the lower-paying of the two options (most likely the grocery job) you could hurt yourself just as much that way since you had the option of taking the unemployment benefits and thus had control over the situation.

    Only you know the exact numbers involved in terms of the bills and how much you would receive under either option, so you need to sit down and crunch the numbers to figure out which option is best for you.

    Tim Trumble
    Online Operations, NACA
    @naca.com">ttrumble@naca.com

    #66572
    TTrumble
    Member

    Hello TattedQueen87,

    I’m sorry that you are one of the millions who have suddenly found themselves out of work as a result of this whole pandemic mess! Let’s all hope this passes quickly and we can all get back to some sort of normal life very soon.

    You have a bit of a tough decision to make, and you are the only one who can make it. I understand not wanting a 30 day gap in employment that would set you back for 12 months in the NACA process. However, you need to look at the immediate economics of the situation as well. Would that grocery job allow you to pay all the bills? Don’t forget a past due bill will also set you back. If you took the lower-paying of the two options (most likely the grocery job) you could hurt yourself just as much that way since you had the option of taking the unemployment benefits and thus had control over the situation.

    Only you know the exact numbers involved in terms of the bills and how much you would receive under either option, so you need to sit down and crunch the numbers to figure out which option is best for you.

    Tim Trumble
    Online Operations, NACA
    @naca.com">ttrumble@naca.com

    #66576

    @ttrumble you have a very good point there. Unemployment income is enough to cover my rent while a minimum wage grocery store job probably would not. Sigh.

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